1. Keep in mind I have been doing this for 12 years. I have usually been there, done that.
2. We for the most part are NOT put in a hotel with great exploring possibilities. We usually stay very close to the airport.
3. Renting a car, eating out, tips, incidentals add up! $$$$$$$$$
4. We are sometimes only in a hotel for a very short period of time, 8-12 hours sometimes.
5. EXHAUSTION! Yeah, sometimes flight attendants get tired too!
Sewing, and quilt making have become my therapy. It's nice to know I have a little machine that I can bring along with me while I lay over that will provide me solace and entertainment all at once. Yes, you CAN take a sewing machine in a carry on bag through the security checkpoint. I was somewhat surprised myself? But, check it out: Transportation Security Administration
I am pleased to introduce you to:
At 11 inches tall, and 12 inches wide Murna Marita weighs almost 20 lbs. (Notice the pageant lingo! LOL) She was built by the Singer Manufacturing company in Great Britain. This is the vintage sewing machine I learned to sew on as a child. She's petite, and every bit a lady, but, don't let her size fool you, she is a heavy duty machine! Just like the woman that owned her, my Meemaw! Yeah, that's what I called my paternal grandmother. So, it is only fitting that this machine be named after her.
I knew I had her packed away, as this was one of the acquisitions I received after my grandmother's passing many years ago. I stumbled upon her much by chance, and she truly is the reason I started sewing and making quilt tops. She hadn't been sewn on for several years, and when I first tried her out, she ran like a champ! A little oil, and cleaning, and she hummed her little Spartan tune!
Here is her travel case. My very first issued luggage from the airline. This is a Crew3 bag by Travelpro. I never ever used it until I started carrying Murna with me! The bag is soft sided and is approximately 12 inches by 14.5 inches.
Murna fits in the largest compartment, and I still have two more zippered compartments that I can carry supplies, fabric, books, magazines, or any other items I may need for sewing in my hotel room. She DOES fit under the seat in front of me for when I commute, so I NEVER have to worry about checking her at the gate. For those of you who know Bonnie Hunter's tragedy, with her beloved Singer Featherweight, I think I would die if anything like that happened to my little Spartan. I use finger nail clips for thread cutting, and I pre-cut A LOT of fabric before I go to work. I mainly string piece on Murna because I enjoy it so much, I get a lot done, and I love the patterns in Bonnie Hunter's String Fling book!
Here's a photo of some completed string blocks, and some magazines in the front zipper compartment.
Not a bad set up? The sun shining in, watching TV, and just sewing along!
She's a BRICK........HOUSE!
In other news, I did get 30 blocks completed for Alycia's QOV block drive and they are on their way to her! There is still a small amount of time to participate! The blocks go together very quickly, and will be greatly appreciated!
I also received these beautiful batik fat quarters I won in a giveaway from Connie at Freemotion by the River
Feel free to ask me any questions! I love hearing from all of you!
Until next time, thanks for all of the encouragement!!
Kevin the Quilter